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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Refuse \Re*fuse"\ (r?*f?z"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Refused (-f?zd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Refusing.] [F. refuser, either from (assumed) LL. refusare to refuse, v. freq. of L. refundere to pour back, give back, restore (see Refund to repay), or. fr. L. recusare to decline, refuse cf. Accuse, Ruse), influenced by L. refutare to drive back, repel, refute. Cf. Refute.] 1. To deny, as a request, demand, invitation, or command; to decline to do or grant. [1913 Webster] That never yet refused your hest. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mil.) To throw back, or cause to keep back (as the center, a wing, or a flank), out of the regular aligment when troops ar? about to engage the enemy; as, to refuse the right wing while the left wing attacks. [1913 Webster] 3. To decline to accept; to reject; to deny the request or petition of; as, to refuse a suitor. [1913 Webster] The cunning workman never doth refuse The meanest tool that he may chance to use. --Herbert. [1913 Webster] 4. To disown. [Obs.] "Refuse thy name." --Shak. [1913 Webster]




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